DofE

Romsey Baptist Church Open DofE Centre

Romsey Baptist Church operates a Duke of Edinburgh's Award "Open Centre" at the church.
Training takes place on alternate Monday evenings from 7.30pm, depending on the needs of the current teams in training. The Award Group leaders can be contacted via e mail at theaward@romseybaptist.church. The centre trains participants for Bronze and Silver levels of the Award and can arrange Gold level training via the local Award field officers.

What is D of E?

DofE is for young people year nine and above (it needs to be completed by your 24th birthday) and is designed around each participant. There are three levels of Award: Bronze – from year nine, Silver - 15 yrs+ and Gold 16yrs+. You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you are going for Gold). At each level the participant chooses the programme they wish to pursue for the required length of time (the duration of each section depends on the level of Award). These sections are:-

• Volunteering –helping someone, your community or the environment.
• Physical – becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities.
• Skills – developing existing talents or trying something new.
• Expedition – planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey.
• Residential – (Gold only) – staying and working away from home as part of a team.

Meetings at the Church on alternate Monday evenings are mainly to provide expedition training so that this section can be successfully completed.  We also provide advice regarding the other sections that are then arranged by the participant and done in their own time.

What does the Award cost?

To complete the Award you need to register as a DofE participant. Romsey Baptist Church runs the DofE Award scheme with Hampshire County Council and HCC's registration charges are currently £27 for Bronze and £29 for Silver registration. There is an additional fee of £16 (Bronze) & £18 (Silver) for doing expedition training with us (to contribute towards expenses in running an Open Centre such as training, insurance, and access to HCC support).

As part of our expedition training we organize a couple of practice day walks (normally in the New Forest) for which there is no charge. However, there is an additional fee for the practice expedition (£22 Bronze, £29 Silver) and for the final assessed expedition (£25 Bronze, £34 Silver).
The total cost for Bronze is therefore £90 and £110 for Silver (2017).

Although participants need some of their own equipment (such as walking boots) we loan many items such as sleeping bags, tents & rucksacks in order to keep expense to a minimum. The cost of the remaining sections depends on what you choose to do.

Enrolment details

To find out more about DofE we are holding an information evening on Monday 9th October 2017 at the Church. Our current Silver and Bronze groups will be giving a presentation about their expeditions followed by a talk about what DofE involves. New potential participants are encouraged to attend this evening with their parents/guardians. There will be an opportunity to ask questions & sign-up for our 2017-2018 training. To express an interest, please make contact via our contact form.